A University of Bridgeport Model United Nations team has won the Distinguished Delegation Award at the 2010 National Model United Nations (NMUN) Europe Conference hosted November 22-26 in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
This is the first time that the International College has sent a NMUN team to compete internationally, but the award further increases the school’s rising prominence at the international organization.
Designed to simulate UN sessions and debates, the NMUN Europe Conference is held annually to educate student participants about pressing world issues through diplomacy. Students serve as diplomats, and their engagement ranges from agenda-setting to negotiating multilateral agreements.
UB students Francisco Eguiguren and Janneth Alvarez won the Distinguished Delegation Award, one of the highest recognitions a team can win, for their “exceptional performance.” The team represented the nation of Venezuela.
Both are students at UB’s International College: Alvarez is a senior, majoring in International Political Economy and Diplomacy (IPED). Eguiguren is a graduate student in the Global Development and Peace program.
Earlier this year, Eguiguren was selected by United Nations officials, the Permanent Mission of Finland, and other sponsors to lead 7th Annual Youth Assembly as its program coordinator. That event, held in New York from August 4-6, drew more than 1,000 students from around the world.
Last March, students from the International College won the Distinguished Delegation Award at the National Model UN when it was held at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan.
At the most recent Model UN event in Olomouc, students participated in discussions that included international terrorism, nuclear disarmament, cyber defense, freedom of speech, the global environment, the future of NATO, and the role of women in peace and security.
Alvarez participated in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Eguiguren worked with the General Assembly. As part of their preparation, they consulted with Venezuelan diplomat Jesus Contreras, assigned to Taipei. They also were advised by Dr. Chunjuan Nancy Wei, chair and professor of the IPED program. Miguel Arroyo and Tijana Bokic, both graduate students at the International College, joined Dr. Wei in coaching the team.
Dr. Wei commented, “The Distinguished Delegation Award spoke volumes regarding the team’s tenacity and determination.”